The Lost Donkeys
One of the ways a man of God manifests supernatural capacities is by showing an extraordinary awareness of facts, insights or truths about the past, the present or the future. That makes him a seer (ḥāzēh/rōʾeh), someone who can see things invisible to other people. These insights may relate to the present but invisible world, such as the location of some lost donkeys (cf. 1 Sam 9:6–20; cf. 1 Kings 22:15–23; 2 Kings 2:9–14; 6:15–23). Or they may concern the visible but still future world. A man of God can see a disaster coming upon Bethel three centuries in the future (1 Kings 13). Jeroboam’s son is sick and he sends his wife to inquire of Ahijah whether he will recover. Jeroboam knows he has not fulfilled Ahijah’s prescription regarding how he is to be king, so he gets his wife to disguise herself. This is not very logical, as a seer who could not penetrate a disguise would not be a very impressive prognosticator, and anyway Ahijah is old and has lost his sight. It is also not very effective, because Yhwh tells Ahijah who is coming and Ahijah tells his wife of the calamity hanging over Jeroboam and his family (1 Kings 14:1–19). King Ahaziah has a fall and sends to inquire of Baal-zebub, the god of Ekron, whether he will recover. Yhwh’s aide reveals this to Elijah, who intervenes to send the king’s aides back with Yhwh’s message—Ahaziah will die (2 Kings 1). Asked by a Syrian king whether his illness is fatal, Elisha speaks of Yhwh revealing to him that it is not but that he will nevertheless die, though Hazael only tells the king the former fact (2 Kings 8:7–15). So the words of a seer may concern ordinary personal needs, or major life questions for an individual, or issues significant for the nation as a whole; and these flow into each other.
42 A man came from Baal-shalishah, bringing food from the first fruits to the man of God: twenty loaves of barley and fresh ears of grain in his sack. Elisha said, “Give it to the people and let them eat.” 43 But his servant said, “How can I set this before a hundred people?” So he repeated, “Give it to the people and let them eat, for thus says the LORD, ‘They shall eat and have some left.’ ” 44 He set it before them, they ate, and had some left, according to the word of the LORD.
Any man who knows what he’s worth, isn’t worth much.
—J. Paul Getty
Money—money, like everything else—is a deception and a disappointment.
—H. G. Wells
Make all you can, save all you can, give all you can.
What is real money? Gold and silver! Substitutes carry labels, “francs” or “marks” or “dollars.” However defined, it is power. It is a divisive commonality, a commodity accepted and exchanged for something else. Money is a measure of value, legal tender with which we barter for the necessities and luxuries of life. It is also the combined product of personal energy, planned initiative, and skill translated into currency.